Parks and Recreation:

Maintenance Costs and Visitor Days at Two Recreation Areas

RCED-87-152FS: Published: Jun 12, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared use statistics and maintenance expenditures for Yellowstone National Park and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

GAO found that: (1) fiscal year (FY) 1986 maintenance expenditures for Yellowstone and Wasatch-Cache totalled $8 million and $1.5 million, respectively; and (2) Yellowstone recorded 2.4 million total visitor-days during calendar year 1986 and Wasatch-Cache recorded 5.5 million total visitor-days during FY 1986. GAO noted that the data are not directly comparable because: (1) the Forest Service and the National Park Service use different definitions for their use statistics; and (2) Yellowstone is remotely located and is used heavily on a seasonal basis, while Wasatch-Cache is located in a populous area and is used throughout the year.

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